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and her role in the obama white house. i met rachel at an event this year where i bought a book, the book she wrote, "american tapestry: the story of the black, white, and multiracial ancestors of michelle obama". after hearing her talk, i'd bought six more copies. i bought them for all my family members and to give out as christmas gifts. now after having read her book i can tell you it was a good investment. it helps me better understand my own family and many mysteries surrounding my own family. rachel l. swams's book is a compelling story that stirs deep emotions. it is also a story that would break them here and with that, let's welcome rachel l. swams. [applause] >> thank you. thank you. >> thank you for coming. in the years leading up to the presidential election, the focus seems to be on barack obama's roots and his family and the fact that he wrote his own biography. now in your book "american tapestry," you put the focus on michele obama. tell us about how you got started doing that and what inspired you. >> i was writing about the first lady and the first family for the new yor
obama is on his way back to washington, some lawmakers are expected to get back to the nation's capital. >> with five days left to reach an agreement, doubts are growing that the white house and republicans can cut a deal in time. after spending part his christmas holiday visiting presidenthow y. hawaii, obama will return to resume talks. formal negotiations have yet to be scheduled. the house will reconvene on thursday. >> we have seen this game played before. it literally came down to the last minute. >> is the country goes over the fiscal cliff, some economists fear the combination of budget cuts and higher taxes could trigger another recession. others say the deadline is not as firm. congress could pass a temporary measure early that would roll back any changes. political analysts warn some consequences may be immediate. >> maybe a tremendous response and that would alarm everybody. >> stock prices dropped friday after a republican-led plan collapsed. nearly half of americans are doubtful the two sides can settle their differences. >> when the uncertain. tax rates will go up on 30 m
anything at all? >> all the focus has been on president obama and the house of representatives. the leader, speaker boehner. some of us went to public school, but i still learned that there is a senate involved in all of this. [laughter] for the last three years no one has been talking by the united states senate. gerri: it's like they're under some witness protection program. they don't do a budget. they don't write a budget, they don't vote on the budget. the republicans took them into putting obama's budget out and then they voted against it. they haven't put together a budget because they cannot reelect the democrat majority of the senate in 2024. if everyone of those senators had actually stake out a position as being in favor of obama and his taxes and spending. gerri: i don't understand why people aren't marching on the hill. i really don't. this is what we hired them for, to iron out these differences, and no one is doing the job. let's take a look at the numbers for folks that are married. if you make $50,000 per year, you'll pay an additional $2000 in taxes. if you pay $100,000,
to avoid the tax hikes and spending cuts that go into effect on the first of the year. president obama had been working with house speaker john boehner and trying to get a big deal that dealt with tax reform and deficit reduction. that fell apart and talks have largely been stalled this entire time. there was a lost pressure to get something done. we have seen some of the impacts of the fiscal cliff. consumers saying they have been more cautious with their holiday spending because of the uncertainty in washington. economists warn it could get worse and the markets could be foiled if we go over the fiscal cliff. taxes will go up for the average american by about $2,000 and could put us back into a recession. >> which nobody wants to see. kristen welker in hawaii. the president is coming back, but they haven't gotten the 48 hour notice. they are very much out there in play. thank you very much for joining us. appreciate it. when the senate returns tomorrow morning, there will be a new emphasis on members taking a larger role in the fiscal cliff negotiations that based off the current offer m
about what house republicans will be doing tomorrow. >>> plus, the bitter battle of president obama's second-term cabinet. you don't even have to be a nominee to be scoured these days. politico briefing is next, jake sherman, don't want to miss that. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. i just finished a bowl of your new light chicken pot pie soup and it's so rich and creamy... is it really 100 calories? let me put you on webcan... ...lean roasted chicken... and a creamy broth mmm i can still see you. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. >>> the president cannot -- this white house cannot continue to float trial balloons and then not have them shot down. the president can't get perceived to being rolled by opponents. the problem that chuck hagel has, who has a lot of support in the foreign policy community, is that he's now getting shot at from the left and the right. >> like steve perry's voice never leaves journey, andrea mitche mitchell's presence never leaves. under fire before nominations are even announced. joining me now, politico's jake sherman. you heard fro
barack obama for lubber and controlled the house and everything that happened after that, the fight's over the budget and the debt ceiling and a deficit-reduction, also the reading and what happened in egypt and libya, and so i'm looking at how obama made the decisions he made and why he took the actions he took in that very perilous time politically but i also explained how this is all done in a way to set up the 2
house. asking michelle obama if she'll run for office next. and a personal question, too. >> how do you keep the fire going? >> hmm. that's a good question. >>> made in america. the great christmas challenge. >> i know, i know your show. >> she knew, and so did thousands of others. tonight, the big reveal. the videos you sent in, the made in america gifts you put under the tree. and the ones that didn't fit. >> merry christmas, david! >> how you're creating joy and jobs this christmas. >>> and caught on tape. the adorable pet dog stolen, about to be sold. you won't believe what happened next and what we witnessed today. >>> good evening on this wednesday night. and we hope you had a merry christmas. diane has a few more nights with her family, and what a night to stay indoors. across much of this country tonight, a massive winter storm and already, the ripple effect being felt coast to coast. the monster storm system stretching from indiana to maine, all the way to north carolina. more than a dozen states under winter watches and warnings this evening. and this is moving fast. nearly a
with the thief and arrested him. marley was returned and was happy. >>> first lady michelle obama recently read "'twas the night before christmas" and a creature was stirring, namely the obama family dog bo. he jumped on her lap. the white house said visiting patients at the children's hospital is a hl day tradition that dates back to the 1950's. >>> we're taking you inside a local mall for a look at the post holiday sales. >>> snow. slow down, drivers, but is there more winter weather on the way? >> a man in taneytown was killed after an officer involved shooting. >>> first, we are tracking the weather. snow, freezing rain and sleet. meteorologist wyatt everhart
's a shock. >> this beautiful photograph. we were in the white house last wednesday. obama posed for a picture, and then we did a terrific interview. the story is by michael scheerer, white house correspondent. and i know you got -- joe, i know you predicted it. i tuned in yesterday. i think it's kind of impossible to do an alternative choice. >> there's sometimes you've got to do that. >> he's a dominant figure. you know, this couple of amazing statistics, is he the first president since fdr to win with a majority of the vote in consecutive terms. he did that, you know, against an unemployment rate that was higher than anybody has ever won against except for roosevelt, 75 years ago. and i think the -- you know, part of what our story did, michael scheerer really was the first person to write about, you know, the data crunchers in the obama campaign. but all that showed, it wasn't just about demography, but it was about how the country really has changed and really is changing. and these changes that we've talked about are here right now. i mean, this amazing statistic is that mi
a trap for firefighters we burning his own house down. his chilling words left behind in a note. >>> aloha means good-bye. president obama cuts his hawaiian vacation short to deal with the fiscal cliff. it is already too late? good morning, 7:00 in the east. i'm alina cho. >> and i'm drew griffin. soledad o'brien is off today. "starting point" begins right now. >>> our starting point, a cruel one. a one-two christmas punch from mother nature. tornadoes and blizzards tearing through the south and midwest. >> oh, my god. we need to go. it's right there. >> mobile, alabama, took a real beating. a twister blowing up transformers, leaving more than 25,000 customers without power. reports to damage to homes, a high school, and church. >> it came in behind the church right there, and then all green fluorescent lighting and popping transformers left and right. and we heard the crashing and everything and the power went out. >> i prayed to god as loud as i could, and i was just praying for my safety, and i knew the church was shaking. i just prayed that the church stayed put. >> here is
, shortly before barack obama entered the white house, we asked you to send us your book list for the new president, what you thought he should read as he prepared for the highest office. now president obama's getting ready for his second term. time for a new list. what one book should be on his desk or bedside table? share your thoughts at our website, billmoyers.com. coming up on "moyers & company," another pulitzer prize winning writer, junot dÍaz, on the old and new america. >> the biggest megaphones want to talk about the person on top. they want to talk about the hero, the winner. but the little megaphones, you're in a library with your librarian, you're working at the church in the basement, helping folks out, you're coming in to a home and reading to elderly. there are all these other little megaphones that are telling you and whispering that "this is beauty, this is humanity, this is america." >> that's it for this week. i'll see you next time. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> don't wait a week to get more moyers. visit billmoyers.com for exclusive blogs and essays. thi
vacation is cut short for president obama and he's leaving hawaii tomorrow night. the president is returning to the white house to work on a fiscal cliff deal before the year ends. house and senate members are going to reconvene without an agreement, automatic tax increases and that will be triggered in the new year. it looks like few people season. retails are the weakest. holiday sales increased. and they expected them to go 6 to 4%. it's blamed on super sandy which stroke the east coast but let us not forget why obama is returning from hawaii early. the lawmakers will be able to reach a deal. >>> we have rainfalling across the bay area and some heavy showers and departing san jose out of the santa clarita valley but there's showers coming in and i'll let you know on storm track 4 coming up. with my keurig vue brewer, i can brew my coffee just the way i love it. how do you do that? inside the brewer, there's this train that makes coffee stronger, bigger, and hotter! actually, i just press this button. brew what you love with the keurig vue. >> we have wet weather still falling
they have that "right" ntken away. >> reporter: the white house said after the newtown shooting atic president obama supports a ban on assault weapons proposed by california democratic senator dianne feinstein. getting it through congress quickly is highly unlikely, but the mere mention of a ban is enough to send sales soaring. and it's not just guns. brownell's, the world's largest firearm supplier, said it morently sold more than three- and-a-half years worth of a.r.- ag magazines in three days. even before newtown, sales of guns and ammunition this year were surging. chb.i. background checks of intential gun buyers were up 31% 20 november 2012 over 2011. in a report issued prior to newtown, the market research rack ibis world, which tracks the gun industry, found gun venthusiasts are working dermselves into a frenzy over what another four years under the obama administration may hold for gun laws." an instructor at nova firearms re falls church, virginia, where hey nearly sold out of a.r.-15s and high-capacity magazines after newtown. so, ironically, this shooting is a.spiring mor
something and move the ball than doing nothing. and, yes, president obama won the white house, but the american people also elected a majority of republicans back to the house. so what we have is a divided government where one of our chambers is in republican hands, the white house and the senate is in democrat hands. that means that the message the people were sending is that they want compromise. if president obama wants to build a legacy, get things done, complicated things like immigration, not just fiscal cliff, but all things on his to-do list, it requires compromise. and if the republicans don't want to be scenes as obstructioni obstructionists, they also immediate to compromise. we have to come to the realize that the election ises past. let's put politics aside and let's he get things done. >> ana navarro, maria dough in a, thanks so much. >>> david gregory under investigation. did he violate d.c.'s gun laws on the air? jeffrey toobin joins me straight ahead. >>> an unusual police investigation here in the nation's capital. it started with this interview with a top nr
, if the bill is signed. >>> president obama is cutting short his holiday to resume fiscal cliff negotiations. the white house says the president will leave hawaii tonight on a red-eye to washington. lawmakers have less than a week to come up to agreement on how to avoid tax increases and spending cuts set to go into effect january. the first lady and the couple's two daughters will remain in hawaii for another 10 days. >>> for the first time starbucks' employees are being asked to write other than names on cups. the chain is asking employees in washington, d.c. to scribble the words "come together." as a message to lawmakers to settle the fiscal cliff. >> some spots blue skies, some parts grey clouds. >> interesting the colors you will see out there rainbow colors out there and we've had some in the south baylor, i'll show you one from mountain view, san jose we just had moderate rain roll through downtown, darker clouds off to the west there and that's what is going to head up into the santa cruz mountains shortly. one other advantage point, at least this side of san francisco, we are on th
. >>> president obama is cutting short his holiday to resume fiscal cliff negotiations. the white house says the president will leave hawaii tonight on a red-eye to washington. lawmakers have less than a week to come up to agreement on how to avoid tax increases and spending cuts set to go into effect january. the first lady and the couple's two daughters will remain in hawaii for another 10 days. >>> for the first time starbucks' employees are being asked to write other than names on cups. the chain is asking employees in washington, d.c. to scribble the words "come together." as a message to lawmakers to settle the fiscal cliff. >> some spots blue skies, some parts grey clouds. >> interesting the colors you will see out there rainbow colors out there and we've had some in the south baylor, i'll show you one from mountain view, san jose we just had moderate rain roll through downtown, darker clouds off to the west there and that's what is going to head up into the santa cruz mountains shortly. one other advantage point, at least this side of san francisco, we are on the embarcadero side at
spread to the attic. no injuries were reported. president obama is heading back to washington thursday to negotiate with congress, a way to avert this booklet but only the senate will be back in session. >> house members have not been called back to work. >> president obama is cutting his holiday vacation sure to come back and work on a deal. any deal may be a short-term fix. president obama will be leaving forwarmth of yhawaii washington. there is no specific deal on the table. democrats blame republicans for not agreeing to end tax cuts for the wealthiest americans. >> we're not going to let the rich pay one dime more. there is something awfully wrong with that picture. the american public is seeing that. >> republicans will not agree. they see there may be room for compromise. >> i know i am not in the majority and the red states annett -- in the senate. we have to sit down and hammer something out. >> if no deal is reached, americans will see their income taxes go up. 2 million peoplwill lose their jobless benefits. $110 billion in spending cuts will hit federal agencies. analysts
. peter doocy has more. >> president obama will departed hawaii for washington, d.c. late tonight leaving his wife michelle and daughters sasha and malia behind. the latest guidance we have from white house is that the president will be back here in the nation's capital where it is presently 36 degrees sometime tomorrow morning. united states government is set to go off the fiscal cliff on new year's day. at this point we don't know if the president plans to return at the to hawaii if the tax hikes are avoided well in advance of the of the new year. he's there to talk to himself. john boehner will come back at any time. his office told us it would be sometime after christmas. so he could be back as soon as today. the upper chamber in commerce is coming back tomorrow to pick up where they left off on the important domestic surveillance bisa. they will meet for a vote on the $50.6 billion bill for hurricane sandy relief. they will be back in the same zip code as far as we know there are no specific time or places on the books for an inperson meaning between the two. something else that rema
, and chip reid is in washington. >> president obama will be arriving in washington tomorrow and both houses of congress will be back in session tomorrow. that will give them just five days to put together a deal to avoid the massive automatic tax hikes and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. >> president obama spent christmas day visiting with troops in hawaii. >> while back in washington uncertainty about the looming fiscal cliff continues. there has been to communication between republicans and democrats about how to avoid going over the cliff. before the christmas break, speaker john boehner was unable to get enough support from respects to pass his plan and help said it was up to the white house and the senate to avert the cliff. so now harry reid is believed to be crafting a plan of his own. it's expected to extend bush-era tax cuts. it would also include short-term spending cuts instead of the massive cuts that would occur if there is no deal. it would also patch up the alternative minimum tax that will hit even more middle class families and schedule a
, returning us to the division of power; obama in the white house, democrats in control of the senate, republicans of the house. but appearances can be deceiving, and in this case are. the most important reality of the election is that the republican effort to oppose anything and everything proposed by obama -- almost like a parliamentary party -- was not rewarded. the taking the debt ceiling hostage was not rewarded, calling the obama health care plan which was their own only a few years earlier socialism was not rewarded. that was not they have to begin to rethink themselves and, importantly, democrats will not automatically embrace the same tactics in opposition. so i think that was an important change that creates a new dynamic not that's going to solve our problems. there's going to be no sitting around the campfire in washington making nice to one another. but the possibility now exists for a real effort and a successful effort to deal with our most pressing problems. >> two familiar washington faces, thomas mann and norm ornstein, "it's even worse than it looks." this is booktv
and in the white house. obama campaign adviser david axelrod. >> if we turned away from the needs of others, we align ourselves with those forces that are bringing about this suffering. >> what happened to the bully pulpit, you must take the advantage of it. >> obesity is nothing short of a public health crisis. >> little antennas told me when somebody had their own agenda. >> it would be a shame to waste it. >> i think they serve as a window to the past to what was going on with american women. >> she becomes the chief confidante. tea is the only what you can trust. >> many of the first lady's word writers, journalists, they wrote books. >> they are in many cases more interesting human beings than their husbands if only because they are not the first and foremost to find and limited by political ambition. >> fifth dolley madison loved every minute of it. misses monroe hated it. >> you cannot rule without including what woman have to contribute. >> i am doing this statement a little breathless. i think it was a little too fast, not enough change of pace. >> probably the most tragic of all of ou
. >> reporter: the white house said after the newtown shooting that president obama supports a ban on assault weapons proposed by california democratic senator dianne feinstein. getting it through congress quickly is highly unlikely, but the mere mention of a ban is enough to send sales soaring and, it's not just guns. brownells said it recently sold more than three and a half years worth of ar-15 magazines in three days. even before newtown, sales of guns and ammunition this year were surging. fbi background checks of potential gun buyers were up 31% in november 2012 over 2011. in a report issued prior to newtown, the market research firm ida's world that tracks the gun industry, found gun enthesists are working themselves into a frenzy over what another four years under the obama administration may hold for gun laws. chuck is an instructor at nova firearms in falls church, virginia, where they nearly sold out of ar-15's and high capacity magazines after newtown. >> so ironically this shooting is inspiring more people to buy this gun, the ar-15 and the high round magazines? >> if i could, i
. the dow dropped 24-1/2. the s&p 500 slipped 7. nasdaq fell 22.5. president obama has been in hawaii for some holiday r&r. the republican lawmakers are likely hoping that means he is rested and ready make a deal on the fiscal cliff. however, chief white house correspondent ed henry tells us that washington may have to set with a backup plan to the backup plan. >> christmas tradition for president obama. he and first lady michelle obama saying thanks at the marine corps base hawaii. >> so many of you make sacrifices day in and day out on behalf of the freedom and behalf of the security. >> now the president is giving up some vacation time rushing back to washington aboard air force one late tonight to deal with the looming fiscal cliff. after that red eye, the president will no doubt need coffee. starbucks decided to get political in the washington, d.c., shops, by having employees write come together on cups. ceo howard schultz writing in open letter, "my hope is the simple message will serve as holiday reminder from starbuck of the spirit that bridgeed differences and we have the po
spending. its pending home sales index for november. >> in other housing news, the obama administration is considering expanding its mortgage refinancing program to include borrowers whose mortgages are not backed by the government and who owe more than their homes are worth. "the journal" reports one proposal being considered would also transfer potentially riskier loans that are held by private investors into fannie and freddie and transferring billions of dollars of mortgages to the government-backed mortgage companies would require congressional authorization and temporarily change the charters of fannie and freddie. does that sound like something -- a kid -- >> i don't know if it's good or not. >> all the stuff that's not covered now. you need -- >> yeah -- >> put it into fannie and freddie again. expand their balance sheets. i don't know. >> you have a view? >> how much was the tie? >> i don't want to say. >> really? >> was this a christmas tie, holiday tie? >> no. getting back to your question -- >> go ahead. >> fannie and freddie. look at that -- >> beautiful tie. >> punting. he
the airport with the latest delays. >> clayton: itinerary change for president obama. he's cutting his hawaii vacation north. later he'll head back to the white house to work on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. peter doocy live in washington with more on the last-minute deal making. hey, peter. >> hey. president obama is still going to be able to squeeze in one more day of vacation in hawaii before he leaves his wife and daughters hyped and boards air force one for dc at about 10:00 p.m. in honolulu, 3:00 a.m. eastern time. that should get him back to the white house sometime tomorrow, thursday morning, on the back end of a break he says he hopes will get lawmakers on the same page. >> everybody can co- opt, drink egg nog, have christmas cookies, sing some christmas carols, enjoy the company of loved ones and then i'd ask every member of congress, while they're back home, to think about that. think about the obligations we have to the people who sent us here. >> speaker of the house, john boehner, is expected to come back to washington at any time as well. before he went back to ohio and pre
,000. he won the election and people from the very red districts elected in the house simply have not adapted to that reality. >> let me go to jonathan chait and the primal scream and the election president obama won, but you wouldn't know this in washington. doesn't it feel sometimes like one side experienced maybe a different election? >> they did. for the house republicans, they don't have to worry about public opinion. the house republicans got fewer votes than house democrats, but the house republicans won anyway because the districts are drawn in such a way the vast majority of republicans are insulated from public opinion. this conversation we're having of what do the republicans have to do to win back middle america, that's not relevant to them. the only thing they have to worry about is a tea party challenger. that's the only way these guys are going to lose. that's point number one. point number two, no evidence the republican party really wants to cut the main entitlement programs like social security and medicare. the ryan -- >> wait, that's an important point. despite
and no charges have been filed. >>> 6:47 right now. christmas vacation is cut short for president obama. he plans to leave hawaii this evening to return to washington d.c. tomorrow to work on the fiscal cliff deal before the year ends. house and senate members are expected to reconvene. without an agreement, automatic tax increases for everyone and deep spending cuts will be triggered by the new year. the main dispute continues to be over taxes. >>> if you want to play the slots at 2:00 in the morning, starting tomorrow you can. maryland live casino is set to kick off its first 24-hour gaming day. once the casino opens at 8:00 in the morning, it will be open around the clock. maryland live is also prepared to immediately begin making the modifications required to add table games to the floor as soon as the regulation office makes it official. >>> a new 1200-seat auditorium is set to open in ocean city in 2014. it's going to be located at the ronald e. powell convention center. construction is set to begin in the fall on the $14 million project. >>> well, some netflix customers not too ha
to go into effect during the first of the year. president obama had been working with house speaker john boehner, trying to get a big deal, but talks fell apart. so hopes for that have all but faded, the president conceding he would accept a smaller measure as long as it includes taxes going up on the wealthiest americans. if the country goes over the cliff, economists warn it could be dire. the average american would wind up paying about $2,000 more in taxes and eventually, savannah, if we go over the cliff and stay there, the economy could dip back into recession. now, lawmakers are also headed back to d.c. in fact, the senate is back in session tomorrow. savannah? >> short holiday. lot of work to do. kristen welker in honolulu. thank you. willie? >>> former president george h.w. bush spent his christmas in a hospital after a series of setbacks delayed his release. janet shamlian is there for us. good morning. >> reporter: willie, good morning to you. doctors had hoped to speend the former president home for the holiday. due to what they are calling a turn for the worse, they were unab
to resolve the looming fiscal cliff crisis. president obama is ending his out vacation in hawaii today to make a late bid to reach a deal before the year and. the white house that he should be back in washington tomorrow when house and senate members are expected to reconvene. new this morning a car bomb had outside the u.s. base in eastern afghanistan has killed three people and injured six civilians. afghanistan police say the blast killed a security guard and two truck drivers delivering supplies. the tal bang claims responsibility for the attack which happened after a minibus stop at a deep for a security check. the international security assistance for says the base has been secured. if sampras as the woman will be arraigned today on charges of vehicular manslaughter that killed one pedestrian and injured two others in the twin peaks area. the 56 year-old died last week after a car hit her at the twin peaks lookout point. police say the driver was intoxicated. the victim's son told us he doesn't want another family or to suffer through this bad as they feel all because someone dra
. and with your stories and your struggles, i return to the white house more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead. >> that's president obama delivering his victory speech on election night. in the end the race wasn't even close. maybe mitt romney didn't even have a chance. his fellow gop contenders feasted on one of their own during the primaries. is it the american way that if somebody gives you a smack on the nose, you eventually have to smack them back? isn't it time now for you to accept that this negativity has pounded you into a position where much as you would like to keep it positive, isn't it time you got the old gingrich fist out and give romney a good ol' smack? >> harry truman in his great reelection campaign that gallup quit taking polls in mid september went after duey and the crowd would yell out "give 'em hell, harry" and he would yell back, "no, i just give them the truth and it hurts like hell." i think governor romney has done so many things that are indefensible in a republican primary -- it would be okay in a d
and indianapolis are in the 30s. >>> to our other top story this morning. president obama is cutting his vacation short and heading back to the white house. >> he's hoping to make a last-ditch compromise with lawmakers to try to avoid that fiscal cliff. reena ninan is traveling with the president. she joins us, now, from honolulu, hawaii. reena, has there been any movement to try to reach a compromise here? >> reporter: it doesn't seem that either side -- the president or the white house has reached out to either side over this christmas break. no movement moving forward on these fiscal cliff talks. the focus will shift to the senate. they have to try to craft something together that will pass both the house and the senate. so, the burden is now on them to try to strike some sort of a deal. that's because on friday before congress left for christmas, the house was unable to get any sort of a deal passed through. >> and, reena, give us a play-by-play. what can we expect this week? where will the white house be focusing their efforts? >> reporter: right. as i mentioned, capitol hill, now, taking th
. but with budgets tight, implementation by cash-strapped counties appears problematic. >> ifill: president obama heads back to washington tonight, as house republicans call on the senate to come up with a plan to avert the fiscal cliff. with prospects still murky for a deal before year's end, what can government workers, wall street investors and taxpayers expect if lawmakers miss the deadline? for that, we turn to stacy palmer, editor of the chronicle of philanthropy. jackie simon, public policy director of the american federation of government employees. and hugh johnson, who runs an investment and advisory firm in albany, new york. you all represent different constituencies. i want to start with you, jackie. -- sorry, i want to start with you, stacy, and talk about philanthropy. this is the end of the year when people are making their decisions about whether they're going to get tax breaks or who they're going to give to. are people looking at the fiscal cliff and saying "i don't know"? >> absolutely. people are uncertain as to whether there's going to be a charitable deduction next year, thi
this morning. paula? >> good morning to you. the president is enjoying time away from the white house. but president obama is cutting short his christmas vacation. he is leaving hawaii tonight, so that he can be back in washington when congress reconvenes tomorrow. and they can try once again to negotiate a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff by the end of the year. just about every american family will see their taxes increase on january 1 unless a deal is reached. but lawmakers are expressing very little optimism so far. meantime, the president spent christmas in hawaii, visiting a local marine base, thanking more than 100 troops and their families for their service. >>> and this morning, the taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing at a major u.s. base in eastern afghanistan. three afghans, including a guard at camp chatman were killed in today's explosion. >>> and back here at home, former major league baseball player andruw jones is free on bond this morning. he was arrested near atlanta early christmas morning on a battery charge, after police responded to a call abou
. ♪ >> we begin as president obama and the senate head back to washington set for one last effort to avert the first fiscal cliff. aloha means good-bye for the president as he packs bound for the white house tonight. the president cutting short his vacation leaving michelle and the girls behind as he gets back to work to try to prevent tax increases and spending cuts due to begin next week. there's just one problem. it appears there would be no house republicans to help hammer out a deal. the gop leadership has not yet called their members back to d.c. and will not be in session tomorrow for legislative business. according to one gop aide, they felt it's up to the democrats to act now. so the christmas spirit has not softened actions. but what has softened? customer confidence. in the last week gallup found the drop in the likelihood congress will come to a deal. also holiday spending hit its lowest rate since the 2008 recession. while the president said before he left for hawaii that he said he hoped the holiday would give them a chance to cool off and reach an agreement, it appears repub
, will there be a plan c or f for failing? peter: president obama expecting to arrive in d.c. tomorrow. white house says they will let us know if there is any update in the talks for congressional leadership. the leader's office is me no news to report. as of now, we are still headed for the cliff. on january 1, the nation faces a $5 trillion tax increase over ten years to the expiration of the bush tax cuts. the lapse of the bush tax cut would mean the top would go to 39.6. tax rates would also go all for lower income earners. the maximum lowest rate going back to 15%. four investors, capital gains rates would revert to 20%. dagen: i will not utter that word. thank you for that. growing pessimism when it comes to the club. some americans say we will get a deal. let's bring in ted kaufman. he is joining us from wilmington tell me what happens if we go over the cliff? >> i have been saying for a while we will go over the cliff. republican members in the house have made it pretty clear they will not vote for tax increases. this has been around for 30 years. the simplest answer to this is what i predicted
a look at president obama before and after he reached the white house. and the first official white house videographer from 2009- 2011. all this on c-span2. >> we have discovered that with our surveillance flights. quarantine around cuba. a soviet submarine was found by american ships and they start to drop missile charges, depth charges on the soviet submarine and knocked out electrical system. the carbon dioxide was rising. people were passing out inside the submarine. they have no communication. the commander says, love the torpedoes. let's attack. we're not going to do somersaults down here. we're not going to disgrace our country. they set it free to launch. fortunately the other commander talked about it. arkopov might have saved the world. >> it was one of the scariest moments. >> a moment in human history. >> we did not know this, we were teenagers. that is when all this criticism of cannady -- kennedy. we would not be even here to talk. prexy and told history of the united states. saturday night at 10:00 eastern on party afterwards -- "after words." on cspan2. >> david axelrod ha
be done? they were at an impasse before christmas, the republicans and house imploded and it's a tight spot. i suspect if there's a deal, it will be unpalatable for everyone. >> there was a interchange before the talks broke down. we have the quotes. john boehner said to obama, quote, i put $800 billion in tax revenue on the table. what do i get for that? allegedly we understand president obama came back to him and said, you get nothing. i get that for free. you get nothing. >> there were a couple eye-opening quotes. a "wall street journal" story before christmas that went through the timeline of how this happened between painer and the president -- boehner and the president. boehner put the rough knee on the table and the president saying that's what i get out of the gate. you get nothing for that, which was a surprise to the speaker. he said if we go over the cliff, that the president threatened boehner, he said i will use my inaugural address to blame you for tax increases and for the fiscal cliff going overboard. that brings out pretty big guns when it comes to a president's bully
the fiscal cliff. president obama is due back in d.c. after cutting his vacation short. the house speaker has yet to call his numbers back to work. they are scheduled to return to d.c. tomorrow. we learned today that house members won't be handling any legislative business. one republican aide saying it's up to senate democrats to act right now. let's bring in the correspondent in d.c. luke, little to no signs that senators connell and reid are on the same page. how likely is it that the senate would be able to do what the house could not? >> talking to a few sources, folks say it's about 50-50 right now. the senate could have a mini deal done before the new year and that each minute and hour that goes by, that number would seem to shrink and it's less likely. we are told that senator harry reid is gaming how many republicans would vote for a mini deal and most likely extend the tax rates and those making $250,000 or less. obviously anything that goes forward, they will want to be law. they don't want to do that. he wanted to make sure he can become law. it's unclear whether that could happen
out of the house with the democrats and as few as 30 or 40 republicans. john boehner stood by this rule that he wants the majority of majority. boehner and president obama have not spoken over the last few days. there seems to be no communication there. for all intents and purposes, there is a 50-50 sign. a lost folks say more likely than not we go over the slif because they cannot afford it. >> if we go over the cliff, there several million americans who that will impact in terms of people unemployment benefits. maybe they have benefits wrapped up in the market. is there an appropriate sense of urgencey and the amount of pain this will cause in some people's lives. >> to be honest with you and i put my american hat on right now and take off my journalist one, i am perplexed by the lack of urgency from our elected leaders on both sides. this is not a problem that has come up randomly. we were facing this for a long time. many months. there seems to be a wisdom amongst a lot of people in washington that okay, we didn't go over the cliff and it's not a big deal. the treasury
type of grade would you give the obama administration as transparency. >> he is supposed to publish two unified agendas. the white house has not published any and given no reason why they haven't published any. we're still clueless why they're not obeying the regulatory flexibility act. gerri: no clue but i guess transparency is in the eye of the beholder. sam, thanks for your time. >> thank you for having me. >> thank you for having me. gerri: we'll be right back.so as customer satisfaction is at 97%. mmmm tasty. and cut! very good. people are always asking me how we make these geico adverts. so we're taking you behind the scenes. this coffee cup, for example, is computer animated. it's not real. geico's customer satisfaction is quite real though. this computer-animated coffee tastes dreadful. geico. 15 minutes could save you 15 % or more on car insurance. someone get me a latte will ya, please? i honestly loved smoking, and i honestly didn't think i would ever quit. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. it p
tomorrow. any plan may come down to the wire. president obama spent part of his christmas greeting troops in hawaii. tonight he leaves for washington and a state of gridlock as lawmakers struggle to come to a compromise. members of the house and senate are heading back to capitol hill tomorrow. >> everybody can pull off and drink some eggnog and have some christmas cookies. >> and return to washington after john boehner failed to get enough support for a plan b that would raise taxes on those making more than a million dollars a year. >> it begin to address our nation's crippling debt. >> with the january 1 deadline quickly approaching, some are worried we could fall off. >> it would be the most colossal act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time if that happens. >> some strong words from senator lieberman. the president is expected to arrive tomorrow morning. >> how promising does is look that they will find a solution? >> we have heard president obama and speaker john boehner calling each other optimist. 50% of americans do that think both sides will come to an agreement. kind
was there at the house conference meeting when he says we're not having a vote on plan "b." we're in this horrible standpoint right now. asking harry reid to ask and president obama to act. >> harry reid's his lifeline. let me ask you this. everybody watches politics. this isn't cnbc here, it's politics. let's get a couple things straight. you say right now that today it's a democratic advantage. obama looks like the guy is trying to get it done. republicans are the holdouts. >> it's not just me. look at the gallup reports. republicans have been going down. >> obama's 54%. right now it's a democratic advantage. >> democratic advantage right now. >> midnight monday still a democratic advantage? >> no. if you go over the cliff, everyone's in trouble. >> wednesday morning next week which is only a week away and we're into 2013 and no deal's been made, do you accept the fact that both guys are in trouble? >> i think it's a jump ball. i'm not sure what happens at that point. it depends on what the markets do. we'll say this. president obama doesn't have to worry as much as the members of congress do be
of recovery in the housing market is actually gaining traction. first our top story, president obama, cutting his vacation short, flying back to washington, d.c. tonight to work on a fiscal cliff deal. now, if the stakes weren't high enough, the treasury department upped ante just a short time ago. it announced the u.s. will hit the debt ceiling on december 31st that is monday. treasury department is undertaking and this is a quote, extraordinary measures to postpone the country's date with the debt deadline, but will this bring a new sense of urgency and motivate politicians to reach a budget deal. joining us now, lindsey piegza, economist with ftn financial and james freeman, assistant editor of "the wall street journal"'s editorial page. james, i will start with you. does the treasury department's statement literally within the last hour we'll hit the debt ceiling deadline on monday, does that add any kind of motivation they need to get their act together in washington? >> i don't know. i think it might just add a little skepticism. you remember when we went through this at 2011. they had
russian children. protesters gathered outside russia's upper house of parliament before unanimously approving a bill to ban the adoptions. it's scene as retaliation for a law signed by president obama imposing travel restrictions. the vote now goes to vladimir putin who's expected to sign it into law. >>> egyptian .mohamed morsi has signed the country's newly approved constitution into law. the upper house of parliament has convened its first session under the new charter. the new constitution was approved with more than 63% of the vote in two rounds of voting. turnout was low. the charter has polarized the country and resulted in sometimes violent protests. critics say it doesn't represent women, minorities and other groups. >>> there's a familiar face in the japanese prime minister's office. the parliament elected shinzo abe to lead the country five years after he abruptly resign. abe says his first mission is turning the country's economy around. and he's calling for safety tests on all nuclear plants. abe is the leader of the conservative liberal democratic party. he's japan's s
vacation is cut short for president obama. he plans to leave hawaii tonight to return to washington d.c. tomorrow to work on a fiscal cliff deal before the year ends. house and senate members are expected to reconvene that day without an agreement automatic tax increases for everyone and deep spending cuts will be triggered in the new year. the main dispute continues to be over taxes. >>> some places, even here in maryland, got an unexpected white christmas. >> yeah. but certain places that never see snow got a a real taste of it. we're going to tell you how despite traffic tieups like this people were making the best of it. >>> and chips, soda, condoms, where high schoolers in one district when they come back from their break, they're going to see a lot more in the school developing machines. >>> get started now. your resolution, get a head start, we have you covered. >>> i'm mike massco. down to the south and west we go. it's starting to snow. we're going to see a burst of snow this morning, but a big changeover to rain. we'll have the forecast coming up. >>reporter: mike, no del
to get back to work for tomorrow morning which is when president barack obama's flight returns from hawaii but many are pest mystic he will reach -- pessimist particular they will reach the deadline. it is the republican controlled householding out. house speaker john boehner wants increase for those making only 1 million a year. they say it's more likely we will go over the cliff than not. >> if we allow that to happen it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional you are responsibility in a long time. >> reporter: some republicans are saying president barack obama will actually get his way if a fiscal cliff is not reached before the deadline, kyle la campbell, washington d.c. newsroom. >>> and in general delegations are not as crowded as the first ones. as many as 800,000 are expected to be there for the president's 21st inauguration and that's less than those who flooded the area in 2009. >>> it should be much better and governor brown wants to overhaul the state's funding system. he hopes to give them fair control of how the school operates their money in minor
is in at the new york stock exchange. >> good afternoon. when president obama arrives back in d.c., can he prevent america falling over the fiscal cliff? house republicans haven't yet called their members back to washington. our chief political correspondent, john harwood, is with us. john, this feels very much like it might be the calm before the storm in more way than one. >> it could be if we go over the cliff and the storm would be generated by the markets and the loss of confidence in american governance and the american economy, but that's not necessarily going to be the case. we still have a few days left. a white house official told me that there have been no progress over the last couple of days, but an aide to senator harry reid told me there's still a 50/50 chance we get a mini deal that would put off the effects of the cliff at least temporarily and a 50/50 chance of that happening before january 1st. so even though there's a small number of days, sometimes the urgency of a deadline forces lawmakers to overcome differences they can't overcome otherwise. >> remind us, john, a mini deal
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